Put the Loot in the Boot, Santa
Oceanside, CA (Vocus) June 22, 2010
A beautiful literary success enfolding a bunch of sundry memories is all set to captivate and inspire anyone’s life as author Quint Benedetti releases through Xlibris, (My Travels with) Agnes Moorehead-The Lavendar Lady: (more Bewitching than Endora). Readers will witness the author’s journey with someone whose life in the limelight made a difference in his own interesting existence.
This beautiful memoir relates the author’s journey with Agnes Moorehead, the very talented, very religious, lover of nature, phony, perfectionist, has a distorted but unique sense of humor, tightwad, disciplinarian, frustrated mother, animal lover, and who the author simply remembers as (My Travels with) Agnes Moorehead-The Lavendar Lady: (more Bewitching than Endora). Benedetti ecstatically shares about his travels with her from the theatrically historical beginning to the awe-inspiring challenges, from her stunning successes to her demise—that the author considers his rebirth. Through this book, the author conveys all the deep feelings of having had the privilege of experiencing a fulfilling life adventure with a luminary—and he believes that his relationship and travels with her were all worthwhile.
Through (My Travels with) Agnes Moorehead-The Lavendar Lady: (more Bewitching than Endora), readers will be inspired to learn to appreciate the beauty of life, the joy of having someone to walk with in life, and the honor of embracing the thrill and charm from a dashing individual. For more information on this book, log on to Xlibris.com.
About the Author
Quint Benedetti is named after his father Quinto, an Italian immigrant from Lucca, Italy. At age of two, he amazingly identifies song titles of phonograph records correctly. At age six, he is already a soloist in the St. Vincent de Paul church choir and began performing at local benefits, banquets, and lodge halls. In 1943, at age 17 he joined the US Navy, and while in boot camp training there, sang his final performance on the US Navy Hour Network radio show. He was assigned to the 7th Fleet aboard USS Orestes, a PT tender, in the South Pacific. During the invasion of Mindoro Island, the ship was bombed and hit by a Japanese kamikaze plane on December 30, 1944. He was awarded three battle stars and an honorable discharge in 1946 for his outstanding service in the Philippine invasions of Leyte Gulf, Mindoro, and Luzon in WWII.
Benedetti attended Ohio State University and married in 1948, He was employed by the Pennsylvania Railroad and Trans World Airlines before joining RCA VICTOR as sales and publicity representative in Central Ohio. He and his songwriting collaborator Dick Scher were writing “bubblegum” songs at night. Both were rewarded for their renewed creative efforts with a top 50 recording by actor Tony Perkins in 1963. Benedetti moved to California and became the personal manager/publicist and traveling stage/lighting director of Agnes Moorehead. He produced and released a long-playing Memorial record album of the actress’ celebrated one-woman show on Quinto Records in 2006 and subsequently on CD.
Benedetti met Mae West who loved and recorded his Christmas novelty “Put the Loot in the Boot, Santa” which is still a seasonal favorite internationally. He enrolled in the late Lehman Engel’s ASCAP Musical Comedy workshop where “TOPSY or Sorry About That Harriett”, an all-black musical fable (a work in progress) was conceived, followed by a six-week equity-waiver production at the Pilot Theatre in Hollywood in 1984. Benedetti was then employed in publicity and Communication department at Universal studios. He took early retirement in the early 1990’s to complete writing his account of his travels with Agnes Moorhead, his favorite Lavendar Lady.
(My Travels with) Agnes Moorehead-The Lavendar Lady: (more Bewitching than Endora)
by Quint Benedetti
Publication Date: June 16, 2010
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 218 pages; 978-1-4500-3407-4
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 218 pages; 978-1-4500-3408-1
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4500-0409-1
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